Cicilline Statement on Senate Republican Health Care Bill


WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following
statement today:

«If this is Donald Trump’s idea of heart, I’d hate to see heartless. This bill
raises costs, reduces care, and eliminates coverage for millions of Americans, just
so the wealthy and insurance companies can get a huge tax cut.»

«If this bill becomes law, it will impose a painful, unnecessary Age Tax on older
Americans. It will rob revenue from the Medicare trust fund. It will cut Medicaid,
which provides coverage for most Rhode Islanders in nursing homes, even more deeply
than the House Republican bill. It will defund Planned Parenthood for a full year.
And it will allow insurance companies to once again charge individuals more for
having a pre-existing condition.»

«Millions of Americans shouldn’t have to give up their health care coverage just so
the wealthiest Americans can get a $600 billion tax cut. If this bill comes back to
the House, I know Democrats will vigorously oppose it and ensure that Republicans
are held accountable for their actions.»